Nearly every performance has been dedicated to a Gold Star family. Before the show, they come on stage to meet the cast, share the stories of their fallen, and leave a memento on the Wall of Honor. Below are some of the brave men whose memories live on with Last Out.
SPC ALAN N. DIKCIS
Alan N. Dikcis was KIA on Match 5, 2010 by a secondary IED in Helmand Providence Afghanistan at 21 years old. He was one fo 6 sons, 3 of which joined the Army right out of high school. Alan was deployed to Afghanistan while his younger brother, Tommy, was deployed at the same time to Bassrah, Iraq.
Alan was a father to a wonderful little girl named Sophia, who was 3 years old when he was killed. He was a mechanic in the Army, inheriting his love for anything with a motor from his Dad. Al re-enlisted for 8 more years and was changing his MOS to Helicopter Mechanic just before he was KIA.
Al loved what he was doing and planned on making a life-long career of it. We ask that SPC Alan N. Dikcis be remembered, and his service and sacrifice to this country never be forgotten, as he will be our handsome young son forever in our hearts and minds.
SSG WILLIAM R. 'BILLY' WILSON III
Billy was a true American Hero, killed in action in Afghanistan on March 26, 2012. Billy joined the Army in 2004. He served 2 tours to Iraq and 1 tour to Afghanistan.
He was truly a fearless man and his courage was only countered by his sense of humility, selflessness, and genuine care for other people, particularly his family, friends, and teammates.
Billy’s death was not what made him a hero, but rather his life – how he carried himself, how he treated others, and how he lived life to the fullest while still constantly concerning himself with the needs of everyone else.
SGT 1ST CLASS MATTHEW MCCLINTOCK
Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, volunteered for military service and entered the Army in September 2006 as an infantryman. Following Special Forces Assessment and Selection he was assigned to 4th Student Battalion at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon graduating from the Special Forces course, he was assigned to A Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).
On January 5, 2016, he was killed in an hours-long firefight near the city of Marjah, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, for his actions.
SSG Greg Wagner
Called to active duty in support of OIF 05-07 in 2005, SSG Wagner’s medical and leadership skills were invaluable as a Tanker Chief with 3rd Platoon, 1st Squad, training Iraqi Police, and securing the safety of the Iraqi people.
SSG Wagner lived the warrior ethos and was a top-notch NCO who always placed his soldier’s needs before his own. On May 8, 2006, SSG Wagner was tragically killed when his vehicle was struck by a massive improvised fired explosive device while returning from an Iraqi police station.
Either by cruel irony or divine blessing, his mother, Blondie, received his Mother’s Day card the weekend after his death.
SFC JAMES F. GRISSOM
James was born on September 9, 1981, and was raised in Hayward, California with his sister, Rebecca. He earned a degree in Computer Animation as the US economy crashed, and unable to find work utilizing his skillsets, he entered the US Army. He earned his Green Beret and was sent on several combat deployments.
We have heard many stories about how helpful he was to anyone that needed guidance or assistance. While supporting OEF in Afghanistan, he was mortally wounded. He passed away on March 21, 2013, in Landstuhl, Germany.
James served and was good friends with Len Bruce, one of the actors in Last Out.
PFC Marc Delgado
PFC Marc Delgado joined the Army while we were a nation at war, proudly following in his grandfather’s footsteps. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, and was killed in Baghdad on Thanksgiving Day, 2004, when an explosive device detonated near his Humvee causing it to flip into a canal, just 3 months shy of his 21st birthday.
He was the 250-pound football player who smothered his mother with kisses. The respectful soldier who would put superior officers in bear hugs and yell, “Leadership sandwich!”
Delgado was posthumously promoted to Specialist and his family was presented with his Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and medal for good conduct.
SSGT JASON ROGERS
SSGT Jason Rogers was an alumni of Brandon High Schoool out of Jackson, Mississippi, who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending his country in the United States Marine Corps on April 7, 2011, in Northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
LT. COL. THOMAS H. GILLEY IV
Lt. Col. Thomas Gilley left us too soon, on April 5, 2018. He deployed in support of numerous overseas operations and contingencies to include serving as a U.N. Military Observer in Western Sahara, Africa. He was also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned the Combat Action Ribbon. Tom’s first priority was his family, who he took care of with selflessness and love. He always found the time for other people and put his own needs to the side, living by the words, “I have never met a stranger.”
SGT. 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER L. ROBINSON
SGT. 1st Class Christopher L. Robinson was a Special Forces Communications Sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Elliott, Mississippi, who died March 25th, 2006 when he was fatally struck by enemy small-arms fire during a combat patrol.
SGT. ALLEN DALE KOKESH JR.
SGT Allen Dale Kokesh Jr. was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, on June 12, 1984, where his father, Allen Sr., was stationed in the US Army. After the attack on September 11, 2001, Allen Jr. joined the South Dakota National Guard as a member of Charlie Battery 1/147th FA, based in Yankton, S.D.
Early in 2005, Charlie Battery was activated and he deployed to serve in Baghdad, Iraq. On December 4, 2005, Allen was seriously injured in an IED attack on his convoy. He passed away on February 7, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas.
SSG RICHARD SCHILD
Richard Schild joined the Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery in 1991. As a 1st Platoon SGT, he led his troops on deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005. Richard was a soldier’s soldier, always doing what was needed to take care of his troops. On December 4, 2005, Rich stepped in as a gunner for a squad going out on patrol in eastern Baghdad. His humvee was hit by an explosively formed projectile and Rich and a fellow soldier, Dan Cuka, were killed instantly.
LTC Terrence K. Crowe
LTC Terrence Crowe grew up on Grand Island and was the oldest of 5 children. He was commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Infantry upon graduation from Niagara University n 1982, serving in the 2nd Armored Division ‘Hell on Wheels’ in Germany and Ft. Hood. He remained on active duty for 10 years, returning to Grand Island to serve locally with the NY Army National Guard and later in the US Army Reserve.
In 2004, LTC Crowe was 44 and serving as an ROTC Instructor at Canisius College when he was called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom. On June 7, 2005, he was mortally wounded under enemy fire while leading an Iraqi on dismounted patrol in Tel Afar, Iraq.
He will forever be remembered by family and all that knew him as a man of integrity, honor, and for his laughter and zest for life. He was proud to serve his country and the cause of freedom, but his greatest passion and achievement were his two children.